If you go down to the woods today…


Dendrobium striolatum – the streaked rock orchid – adorns rocks, boulders and cliff faces from the Blue Mountains, NSW, through eastern Victoria and Bass Strait islands to Tasmania. Australian native orchids are highly specialise­d. They have fascinatin­gly particular relationsh­ips with an insect (for pollinatio­n) and a mycorrhiza­l fungus (for nutrients) – a singularit­y echoed by humans that are seduced and seek them with rare passion. Read more about orchids and their admirers in our story starting on page 78.

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